Bolton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion - Preview

  • February 27, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton can put further distance between themselves and the Championship relegation zone, when they play host to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Three defeats in-a-row have seen Wanderers drop to 19th in the table, level on points with their weekend opponents and just six ahead of Millwall, who occupy the final relegation spot.

A heavy defeat at Nottingham Forest last weekend was followed up by a narrow loss at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night and manager Neil Lennon is hoping to bounce back from a first home league defeat since October by picking up all three points against the Seagulls.

With injuries ruling Adam Bogdan and Andy Lonergan out of the game, on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos will start at Macron Stadium with Ross Fitzsimons taking up a place on the substitutes' bench.

Lonergan's absence comes as a result of him suffering concussion at the City Ground last weekend, while Tim Ream, who was also stretchered off against Forest, being given every chance to prove his fitness after returning to training following a back problem.

Matt Mills is available after sitting out the loss at Boro through suspension, but David Wheater and Dorian Dervite could retain their places after the Wanderers captain drew criticism from his manager after his dismissal.

Saidy Janko, Filip Twardzik and Simeon Slavchev will all be hoping to start in midfield, with injuries to Mark Davies, Darren Pratley and Liam Trotter continuing to provide Lennon with a selection headache.

Zach Clough and Adam Le Fondre could return to the side, after dropping to the bench at the Riverside Stadium, although an impressive performance from Emile Heskey in that game may see him keep his place in the Bolton attack.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton, who was heavily linked with the Wanderers job last October, will be looking to extend his side's unbeaten record to five games when they travel north.

One-time Bolton target Greg Halford could return from injury to feature at Macron Stadium, but there will be no place for Kemy Agustien (thigh), Andrew Crofts (knee) and Solly March (calf).

Emmanuel Ledesma has yet to make his debut since joining on loan from Middlesbrough, but could be handed an opportunity to impress from the bench as the visitors look to continue their recent run of form.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Fitzsimons, McNaughton, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, Taylor, Threlkeld, Sellers, Matthews, Feeney, Hall, Danns, Rochinha, Vela, Hughes, Twardzik, Bannan, Lester, Woodland, Slavchev, Janko, Walker, Le Fondre, Heskey, Gudjohnsen, Eaves, Clough, Iliev, Knight

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21 Bolton Wanderers 2 0
22 Oldham Athletic 2 0
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